The Stanley Cup Finals are going to a seventh game. GAME 7! But first…. how did we get there? Tyler Bozak got away with a trip. Zdeno Chara broke his jaw. Ivan Barbashev got suspended. Tuukka Rask played next level. And then it all came down to 1 game. What can be expected from Game 7? Ticket prices are expensive. (You should use and promo code ‘apn’ to fix that!) How far would we go to pay for sport? Jeff Skinner signed a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres. For $9 million a season. For 8 years. Is that too much for too long?Read More →

With the Stanley Cup Final well under way, we break down how the Bruins got a 2-1 lead and what the St. Louis Blues need to do to get back in the series. (Hint: Grow a penalty kill and stop taking penalties) The Kelly Cup is missing! Actually, they know exactly where it is. The Colorado Eagles have taken off with the trophy. How do you manage to steal a league’s trophy and get away with it? We also learn what a Swamp Rabbit is. With the NHL draft coming up, who can be expected to be taken where? Obviously, the Boston Bruins and St.Read More →

After a trip to the west coast, the 4th Line is back and ready to preview the Stanley Cup Final. What can be expected as the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet in a matchup 49 years in the making? Will officiating be improved for the final series of the NHL playoffs? Nick has a variety of facts to prepare everyone for the series. With the San Jose Sharks eliminated, what will the future hold? Pending free agents Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and some not named Joe, like Erik Karlsson and Gustav Nyqvist, leave a variety of outcomes in San Jose. Will Phil KesselRead More →

Inspired by the Stanley Cup playoffs, Nick gives Carl the silent treatment this week. With the 2nd round over, Carl and Nick take a look back and forward in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets were eliminated by the Boston Bruins. What does next season hold for them? After getting out to a 2-0 lead on the Carolina Hurricanes, are the Bruins primed for a sweep or can the Hurricanes push back? Carl steps into a mini rant shack about offside challenges and a lazy line change. Can Nick reel him in? With the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars both eliminated, is theRead More →

After a trip to San Jose, is Carl justified in being superstitious about his Colorado Avalanche and can Nick set him straight? Ken Holland has become the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Knowing what we do about his time in Detroit, was that the right choice? The Carolina Hurricanes have swept the New York Islanders. Do they have what it takes to make the Conference finals, especially with Curtis McElhinney in net? Spinning through the rest of the series, what can be expected as the 2nd round wraps up? The players of the NWHL and other professional women’s leagues have gone on strike. WhatRead More →

With the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs upon us, it’s time for Carl and Nick to dive into what was and what will be. In Game 7 of the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks a questionable 5 minute major was called. Was that the reason the Knights lost? Looking ahead, with both series tied in the Western Conference, what can be expected? Can the Avalanche continue to keep pace with the star laden Sharks? Why should Nick watch the Stars and the Blues? We are joined by Sam Blazer of 1st Ohio Battery as we discuss the season that has been, and willRead More →

Steve Yzerman is back in Detroit, this time as the General Manager of his beloved Detroit Red Wings. It causes Nick to break out in song. But what will it bring to the Wings? The Colorado Avalanche have moved onto the 2nd round of the playoffs? What was it that led them to victory over Calgary? The Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins got swept. What do they need to do in the offseason to make up for it? What will Robin Lehner‘s deal look like? What about the Winnipeg Jets? Is Jacob Trouba on the way out? The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston BruinsRead More →

With the first round of the NHL playoffs underway, Carl shares his experiences as a man behind enemy lines in Calgary. The Avalanche have a split against the Flames. But how has Mike Smith been good? New York Islanders have made Matt Murray look very human while neutralizing Sidney Crosby. Can the Penguins come back? The Tampa Bay Lightning are surprisingly down to the Blue Jackets, and now without some of their best players. Is the biggest upset in recent memory pending? Nazem Kadri stole the spotlight from the rest of the series with his hit on Jake DeBrusk. How long will he be suspendedRead More →

Join The 4th Line’s bracket group here! Winner gets a 4th Line puck and coaster.   With the end of the NHL regular season here, it is time to preview the first round! But first, with the season ending, it’s also the time for coaches to go. Phil Housley, Bob Boughner and Willie Desjarden are no longer with the Sabres, Panthers and Kings respectively. Joel Quenneville will be joining Florida. What else does the future hold for these teams? With 8 matchups set to kick off this week, each one is examined as Carl tries to give Nick a stat and see if he buysRead More →

The 4th Line is back and ready to discuss the news of the week in the NHL! With the playoffs one week away, we look at the playoff picture and who will or will not make the playoffs. Will it be Colorado or Arizona in the West? Who will win the duel between the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Bluejackets? The last 2 teams are put in the Elimination Station. How can the Canadiens and Flyers adjust what they did this year to make the playoffs in 2020? The CWHL disbanded this week, leaving many wondering what the future of women’s professional hockey is.Read More →